The Hollywood Reporter published an exposé yesterday on Johnny Depp’s ongoing money woes and his legal battle against his former business management company, The Management Group. Maybe “exposé” is the wrong word here, since we already know so many messy details of Johnny’s life and alleged choices. It’s more like The Hollywood Reporter pointed to the mess in the corner and went “Okay, so that’s still there. But look, it appears there’s a new layer of grime on it!”
The latest addition to Johnny’s story has to to with his time on the set of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Dead men may tell no tales, but there seems to be a whole lot of people from the set who were willing to.
Filming of Pirates 5 took place in 2015 in Australia, and I’m sure we remember what happened then and there. Johnny mysteriously jacked up his hand, which may have happened during a drunken bottle-smashing fight. Then there was the Yorkie smuggling. And the monkey that went Cujo on his makeup artist. Here’s what’s new, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources tell THR that Johnny was constantly late to set, which kept the crew and hundreds of extras waiting around for hours. Production staff mentioned it to him on set and in his trailer, but he still kept showing up whenever he wanted. A source claims a production staffer was sent to sit outside his rented compound every day during filming in an unmarked car to notify a producer back on set when Johnny woke up – sometimes in the morning, sometimes the afternoon – and turned on his bedroom light. Johnny apparently had no idea this was going on.
Johnny was also allegedly drinking heavily during filming. His lateness and drunkenness caused an on-set fight between his then-agent Tracey Jacobs and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
“She went over to Jerry and said, ‘You’ve got to do something! You’re the producer,'” recalls the production source. “He said, ‘You do something. You’re the agent.’ ” (Bruckheimer denies the spat took place.) “Everyone was an innocent bystander watching this train wreck. But when Johnny came on set, he was charming, nice. He’s yin and yang.”
As for that hand injury, Jerry Bruckheimer tells THR he’s heard many stories about what happened, but claims he doesn’t really know for sure. He says he heard something about it getting caught in a car door or a sliding door. He also claims any rumors of on-set craziness shouldn’t be held against Johnny because he was under a ton of pressure while filming Pirates 5.
“At times helicopters would follow him home. There would be so many media outside his gates that trucks were feeding them. There was so much stuff made up about him: that Johnny had a fight on set and had gone back to the States, which we both read about while we were in his trailer.”
The article also gets into his $25 million lawsuit against TMG. Johnny is also accusing TMG of giving away almost $10 million in “loans” to various people, including Johnny’s sister and head of his production company Christi Dembrowski. TMG is still counter-suing Johnny for unpaid fees, but Johnny’s team are arguing that TMG screwed themselves out of fees because they were acting as both business managers and lawyers. According to California law, lawyers are forbidden to take a cut of their client’s earnings unless the client has specified in writing to do so.
THR also has a few new things to add to the really long list of dumb shit Johnny has spent money on. A source claims he once got customer service-blinded in a fancy jewelry store and dropped $400,000 on a diamond cuff for Amber Heard that “wasn’t worth” $400,000. He also allegedly spent $1 million just to organize his 12-storage locker collection of memorabilia. He used to spend $350,000 a month to maintain a 156-foot custom yacht (he has since sold the yacht). That’s $4.2 million a year just to make sure one of his boats isn’t covered in seagull shit. Johnny got ripped off. I would have wiped bird poo off for a mere $50 and the promise he wouldn’t breath his stanky cigar-soaked dirty tooth breath downwind from me.